Baby Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and Dried Cherries



  1. 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  2. 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  3. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  4. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  5. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  6. One 10-ounce bag baby spinach
  7. 1/2 cup dried sour cherries
  8. 4 ounces mild goat cheese, crumbled
  1. Melt the butter in a small skillet. Add the almonds and cook over moderately high heat, stirring constantly, until golden, about 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels and let cool completely.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the olive oil with the vinegar and season the vinaigrette with salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss the spinach with the sour cherries and almonds. Add the vinaigrette and toss well. Add the goat cheese, toss the salad lightly and serve.